The Payette National Forest, Central Zone (New Meadows and McCall Ranger Districts) is targeting the areas of Lost Creek/Boulder Creek, Brundage (Rocky Bear, Bear Basin, Meadows Slope,) Muddy Squirrel, Weiser River Fuels, Patrick Butte and Rapid River for 2017 spring and fall prescribed fire. These areas are identified as potential prescribed fire areas; however, because prescribed fire is dependent on specific weather and resource conditions, all targeted acres may not be achieved in 2017.
Prescribed burning on the Payette NF is intended to create fire-adapted communities, reduce risk to firefighters responding to wildland fires, improve the ability to manage wildland fires, restore or enhance wildlife habitat, improve forest and grassland resiliency, increase seral tree species, improve water carrying capacity in our soils and recycle nutrients. Fire is the greatest change agent in our forest and grassland systems. These systems have evolved with fire and must have fire to remain resilient and productive. Fire can also be the most economical means in reducing community risk to wildland fire. Accumulated dead vegetation on the ground and ladder fuels (fuels occurring between ground fuels and tree crowns) will be reduced within prescribed burn areas, making future fire suppression efforts safer. Healthy forests provide a safer environment for wildland firefighters and residents when wildfires inevitably occur.
Prescribed fire is an essential tool that surpass all others for restoring the forests in our fire-adapted ecosystem. It is a natural and necessary part of the ecosystem and a restoration tool that cannot be replaced by mechanical means. Fire managers strive to minimize impacts from prescribed fire to local communities. However, smoke is an unavoidable byproduct of these crucial efforts. Forests need the frequent, low-intensity fires to remove accumulated smaller fuels and recycle nutrients into the soils to promote healthy vegetation and wildlife habitat. During the planning process, fire managers work closely with the Montana/Idaho Airshed Group and Idaho DEQ to preserve air quality. The agencies work cooperatively to prevent smoke impacts while using fire to accomplish land management objectives. In addition, appropriate conditions must be met prior to ignition, including a favorable weather forecast (temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.), fuel moisture, smoke dispersal and staffing. Plans for prescribed burns contain a set of parameters that define the desired weather and fuel conditions under which a prescribed fire may be ignited. These conditions are continuously monitored by fire personnel through the treatment process.
Signs will be posted on roads and information boards near all prescribed burn areas prior to and when burning is in progress. If you have questions about the prescribed burns in your area or about the prescribed burning program please call: New Meadows Ranger District at 208-347-0300.
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